I would really love to read the route again if I have the time. It may not look like it, but Kyou’s route is definitely my favorite in Clannad despite my complains here and there. (And that’s one of the reasons why it’s a great route for me)
And with these new informations I got from both the Fujibayashi’s side stories, I’m pretty sure I would feel much horrible, frustrated and will love it the second time.
With Kappei’s side, I’m alright with it. But with Ryou’s side, it felt quickly for me.
If I remember correctly, isn’t Ryou’s second time meeting Kappei in his route? She barely remember their first meeting until Kappei reminds her of their first encounter. I can still remember how shock Kyou was when Ryou just ‘fell in-love’ with Kappei knowing that Ryou likes Tomoya, so that’s why it felt “quickly” for me. It’s like, she just forgets her feelings for Tomoya. But, I guess that’s alright, because it’s Ryou and like you said, her feelings for Tomoya are shallow. And maybe because it’s a sequel to Kyou’s Route(?)
Anyways, I just want to say what I mean by it left a ‘bad taste’ for me. That’s when Ryou ‘pretended’ to be Kyou. What made me feel horrible inside is that how she fell in love with Tomoya’s kindness, but that kindness Tomoya shown to her wasn’t meant for her, it’s for Kyou, and that’s why reading it made me feel horrible and made me dislike Ryou to some extent. I kinda blame Tomoya as well for not realizing that it’s not Kyou, but oh well…I can’t do anything about it…
I can see that Ryou’s actions and feelings can be defended here, but it’s just hard for me to shift my perspective about her character.
Haha, I can’t say this as I never experience “first love” in my life, so I can’t fully explain nor express things properly unlike the others and I am not ashamed of it as well. I can’t even say if attraction or infatuation can really define as “love.” I guess you could say it’s a “shallow love.”
So my opinion about ‘shallow love and relationships’ were based on my observations and talking to people around me who experience this or known others who has experiences about it that it usually leads to negative results, that’s probably why I have a bit of a negative outlook to the people who has and are into shallow love and relationships. That’s why I just have a different perspective about it.
I really do hope that’s true and that there’s nothing wrong with that… Me, seeing shallow love and relationships leading to negative results…It might take a while for me to believe that.
Oh well, I’m inexperience with these things so…well… I don’t know…
Life is hard, haha…